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#make your own #yoghurt

#make your own #yoghurt

Homemade yogurt

Homemade yoghurt is such an easy and satisfying DIY thing to do. The end product is so much better than the bought item and these days there is always a tub of thick homemade yoghurt in my fridge. This morning I scooped-out the fruit of two lovely granadillas that my sister-in-law gave me and mixed it with some silky creamy yoghurt. What a perfect and refreshing breakfast. This evening I am serving herbed yoghurt with lamb chops and green beans. Yum!

green beans with herbed yoghurt

green beans with herbed yoghurt

How to make your own yoghurt
All you need is good quality fresh milk and a few tablespoons of plain yoghurt to use as a starting culture. Bring the milk to 80°C or until bubbles form around the edges of the pot. Stir the milk occasionally. Remove the pot from heat and let it cool to 43°C or when you can stick your finger in for 10 seconds. Stir in the yoghurt and cover the pot with a lid. Wrap the pot with a large towel and let it sit in a nice hot place for 6-12 hours until the yoghurt is thick and tangy.

Make thick yoghurt
Regular yogurt contains a lot of liquid, so straining it makes it nice and thick. Place a layer of cheesecloth in a strainer and then place the strainer over a bowl making sure there is enough space in the bottom of the bowl to contain liquid. Pour yogurt into cheesecloth, cover with plastic wrap and let it strain for an hour or so in the fridge.

Make your own yoghurt

(Makes 1 litre of yoghurt)

1 litre of fresh full cream milk
60 ml natural yoghurt with live AB cultures

Bring the milk to 80 °C or until bubbles form around the edges of your pot. Stir the milk occasionally. Remove pot from heat and let it cool to 43 °C or when you can stick your finger in for 10 seconds. Stir in yoghurt and cover the pot with a lid. Wrap the pot with a large towel and let it sit for 6-12 hours in a hot spot until yoghurt is thick and tangy. The longer it sits, the thicker and tangier it will become. Spoon into sterilized containers and refrigerate.


Green beans with herbed yoghurt

300 g beans
15 ml olive oil
15 ml fresh lemon juice
salt
black pepper
250 ml homemade yoghurt
handful chopped fresh coriander
handful of fresh chopped parsley
fresh baguette

Cook the beans until tender and scoop in serving dish. Sprinkle with olive oil and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Mix yoghurt and herbs and season with a large pinch of salt and pepper. Serve beans and yoghurt with a fresh baguette.

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warm bean salad with olive oil + lemon + parsley

warm bean salad with olive oil + lemon + parsley

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My mom used to make this side dish for us for years back in our days in the Free State…to help stave off the winter chill and provide some good nourishment to accompany a meat dish as opposed to just the ‘vleis, rys en aartapples” (meat, rice & potatoes) staple. We were fortunate enough to have a large vegetable garden in which my brothers and I had to do our time in turning the soil and tendering to the veg patch. I remember there were always these long green beans – and delicious ones too. While in matric (Grade 12) I had to lose a kilo or two so that I could fit into my matric dance dress – I was a size 10 in those days! I lived for weeks on beans and tomatoes – just cooked up, plain and simple … and fitted in my dress! The flavours have stayed with me to this day. The big secret to this simple fare is not to overcook the beans…. They still need to have a bit of a bite.

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Filled with nostalgia, I made this dish once again and served it as a warm bean salad – I added some freshly ground black pepper a drizzle of the best olive oil and to complete the dish a generous squeeze of lemon juice and some twigs of parsely. The olive oil, lemon juice and parsley renders the dish into a modern veggie serving that I absolutely love. If you like, you can always eat this as a main meal with a slice or two of freshly baked bread. Just paddle the bread through some of the lovely juices….just plain delicious is what it is…unadulterated veg at its best.

Three more ideas with green beans:
Steam or boil the beans until just cooked – add some bacon and a knob of butter.
Steam or boil the beans – add salt, black pepper, a bit of garlic and a knob of butter.
Cook beans with potato and onions and flavour with salt, white pepper and a knob of butter.

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warm bean salad with olive oil + lemon + parsley
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 400g Green beans (ends and strings removed)
  • 300g Tomatoes, sliced
  • 200g Onions, sliced
  • 125 ml Water
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Freshly chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Put all the ingredients into a pot with the water. Cook on medium heat for +- 5-10 minutes until all is soft and cooked - but not overcooked.
  2. Season with salt and pepper and give a generous squirt of olive oil. Mix the lemon juice and chopped parsley through and serve immediately as hot as you can.

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